Estate Jewelers of South Pasadena



Creative Types


Mary McNamara

Mary McNamara

Even if you’re only the most casual reader of the Los Angeles Times, you’re sure to have read lots of pieces by Mary McNamara, a 20-year veteran of the paper who’s been an entertainment reporter, features writer, columnist (family travel and driving being just two of her specialties) and, now, the paper’s TV critic. The [...]

Peter Hannan

Peter Hannan

When I was growing up in L.A., Glendale was considered anything but creative, and it certainly wasn’t the least bit silly. Today, however, it’s home to many talented and creative people — people like painter/writer/producer/songwriter/cartoonist Peter Hannan. A clue to his genre came early in his career, with the title of one of his books: [...]

Love, Leave, Laugh (Repeat): Tracy McMillan

Love, Leave, Laugh (Repeat): Tracy McMillan

Writer Tracy McMillan, in high heels and a teased-out afro, is somehow both regal and gangly, with an open face, porcelain latte skin and huge eyes. Her friendly, goofy smile disarms you; her razor wit and keen intelligence keep you massively entertained-slash-enlightened — much like her amusing, amazing memoir, I Love You and I’m Leaving [...]

Christopher Slatoff: Sculpting Life

Christopher Slatoff: Sculpting Life

Christopher Slatoff looks like a sculptor. Standing over six powerful feet tall, with a cherubic yet introspective face framed by a shaggy, graying coif, he’s somewhere between Michelangelo’s David and Moses. Chris, who has a BA in sculpture and once made a living traveling the world’s beaches sculpting sand, is a professor at both Art [...]

Sonia Marie De Leon de Vega: The People’s Conductor

Sonia Marie De Leon de Vega: The People’s Conductor

I met Sonia Marie De Leon de Vega a couple of years ago and was immediately struck by her intelligence, passion and intensity. Statuesque, with tumbling black hair and a commanding, smiling presence, simultaneously sensual and intellectual, she could be a character from an Isabel Allende novel:  dashing, generous, grounded and forceful. Sonia surprised me [...]

Brian Elerding, Actor

Brian Elerding, Actor

If Altadena native Brian Elerding looks familiar, that’s because he’s starting to show up on TV and movie screens a lot. He took a star turn in a hot Super Bowl commercial, has appeared in several indie movies and TV shows, and has three projects coming up: an episode of the new NBC series Parenthood, which just [...]

Ian Whitcomb

Ian Whitcomb

Ian Whitcomb, Altadena’s ukelele/accordion stylist, Tin Pan Alley expert and songwriter extraordinaire, has kept a daily journal of his adventures in Los Angeles since 1972. A born raconteur, with a well-educated Englishman’s command of the mother tongue and a biting wit, Whitcomb sees all, tells all, and makes it incredibly, wryly funny. The Huntington Library [...]

Liza Palmer

Liza Palmer

Pasadena native Liza Palmer hit the literary big time with her very first novel, Conversations with the  Fat Girl, which was named a Target Breakout book and hit the international bestseller lists within one week of publication in 2005. (It was huge in England.) It was optioned for an HBO series, and she went on [...]

Gayle Bluemel: Principal, Dramatist, Musician

Gayle Bluemel: Principal, Dramatist, Musician

Now the beloved principal of the Sierra Madre School, Gayle Bluemel has been a PUSD educator for more than 30 years. For even longer, she has been in love with the theater. Fortunately for her and her students, these pursuits have dovetailed often, leading to classroom after classroom—and now a whole school—saturated with the spirit [...]

Zofia Kostyrko, Painter

Zofia Kostyrko, Painter

We recently caught up with the creative whirlwind otherwise known as Zofia Kostyrko. She’s one of the Altadena artists behind the now-famous Fork in the Road at Pasadena and Bellefontaine avenues, pulled in by Ken Marshall to create “Photoshop voodoo” to visualize his wacky idea. After designing the Put a Fork in Hunger logos, T-shirts, [...]

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